Two Kenyans’ love for American Football

By eric odanga
Sep 03, 2013
  • Boise States' Rees Odhiambo in action.(Photo:diasporamessenger)

Before Daniel Adongo, a former rugby star joined National Football League (NFL) side Indianapolis Colts, few Kenyans had an idea that another one of their own Rees Odhiambo was already making great strides as a sophomore in collegiate football.

The two players may be at opposite ends but with a common goal of excelling in football.

However, it may take some time before Adongo plays competitively for his new club. Chuck Pagano, the Indianapolis Colts head coach is cautious about fielding the former rugby star as a linebacker.

In an interview with Indianapolis Star, Pagano admitted Adongo is more than ready but added “I don’t think we are ready to throw him out there yet,” Pagano told Indianapolis Star.

On his part, the player admits it has been a learning process although he is eager to have a feel of his adopted game.

Adongo understands any little progress was good enough but because he does not have a football background apart from the raw talent the progress may be slow.

It is likely that Adongo’s contribution this season may be limited to the practice squad before he makes a big break.

According to Indianapolis Star Adongo earns $6,000 per week or $102,000 for 17 weeks as a practice squad player. The player said he was enthusiastic about playing for Indianapolis Colts.

While Adongo is learning the ropes at Indianapolis Colts, Boise State University offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo, is also making news.

Odhiambo fast rising Boise State star 

As a freshman, Odhiambo, who stands at 6ft 4 inches and weight 309 pounds appeared in six games during his debut season for the Boise State Broncos and was named to the Fall 2012 Academic All-Mountain West Team.

Odhiambo’s path to football reads like a fairytale. Idahostatesman reports that Odhiambo was born in Kenya but moved to Texas at seven years and attributes his work ethic to his late mother.

Chris Strausser, Boise State offensive coach told Idahostatesman that Odhiambo was a top-notch kid:

“In order for him to be the type of player we know he can be, he needs to play with some consistency. Physically, he’s got a lot of talent. He’s got as much talent probably as most linemen we’ve ever had here.

To come out here and have a really solid play, probably three plays in a row, and have a bust on the next play, that’s not going to get him where he wants to go. So I think consistency is the name of the game for him.”